On 27, 28 and 29 March, the first meetings of the five thematic Working Groups of the SEA Forum for Fishers were successfully convened online. Overall 61 participants logged into the 5 meetings from 11 countries, including Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Singapore, Hong Kong, UK and the US. Some coming on board for two or more Working Groups. Reflecting the multi-stakeholder nature of the Forum, participants were from trade unions, workers’ organizations, CSOs and non-profits, employers’ organizations, private-sector facing service providers, recruitment agencies, and of course, government authorities.


Read about the Working Group SEA Forum for Fishers and download full Meeting Notes with participant lists in this dispatch. Also included are updates and save the dates!


On 29 November 2018, representatives eight countries from Southeast Asia resolved to establish the Southeast Asian Forum to End Trafficking in Persons and Forced Labour in Fisheries (SEA Forum for Fishers) at the Southeast Asian Conference on Regional Coordination and Action concerning fishers. The SEA Forum for Fishers is a non-binding multi-stakeholder regional consultative body with five thematic Working Groups. Read about the benefits of membership and the role of the technical advisor. Find the agreed documentation here. In 2019, the ILO SEA Fisheries Project will continue to act as the Secretariat and initiative the Working Group meetings leading to an inaugural plenary meeting of the Forum by October 2019. We are excited to bring you this Dispatch #1 from the SEA Forum for Fishers.

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